The Blackburn Ranger Camp was a total blast this year. Bikepacking, bourbon, bb-guns and more, all of which are captured here in this video showcasing the new Rangers’ aspirations. Best of luck to all of the Rangers and I hope this video inspires you to plan a trip of your own!
Over the next few days, I’ll be rolling out coverage from what we all began to call the “Tour Divide Simulation Ride” but first, I’d like to begin with a quick gallery from the Grand Depart in Banff, Alberta.
Traditionally, the race begins in the YWCA parking lot, just across the river from the main tourist thoroughfares in Banff. This year’s turnout was the biggest yet, with around 150 people registering for the race. A quick headcount revealed around 130 at the start, with a handful of people beginning a day early or later that morning.
Still, to see a Grand Depart this size for a race like the Tour Divide was more than I expected and quite the scene. Men, women, old, young and even a canine left Banff with aspirations of finishing this grueling challenge. Over the next few weeks their mind, body, bike and soul will be put to the test…
Our trip was a bit easier but even after three days on the road, I have a new found respect for anyone willing to tackle such a feat. Best of luck to all the racers and riders still out there on the TDR.
Without getting too far ahead of myself here, I have to admit the giddiness flowing through my veins at the moment. I’m in Banff, Alberta at the start of the Tour Divide Race, arguably one of the most intense self-supported off-road races. I’m here with Salsa Cycles, and while we’re not doing the entire TDR, we are riding a three-day section of the race. Why? Because Salsa has supported racers and riders in the TDR for years and all the time and energy put into supporting athletes who train for to events like this has culminated in a bike that’s just being launched.
At this point, if you’re even reading this still and haven’t sprung right into clicking through the gallery images, I need to point out that Salsa champions the drop-bar off-road touring and racing bike. They love the hand positions, the unique stance and the options for drivetrains. That said, over the years, they’ve perfected what is arguably their best “all-road”, dirt-tourer: the Cutthroat.
Pints of Beer and Tri-Flow on the 2015 Oregon Outback
Photos and words by David Klayton
Looking back on the 2015 Oregon Outback I’m inclined to call it the best yet.
This year was my second run of the Oregon Outback and I finished in two days and 11 hours. Day 1 included a bit of rain, but overall it was a blast and I reached my goal of getting to Fort Rock. Day 2 started rather abruptly as rain fell on my open bivy, but I rallied and rode out with Team Swift and Limberlost.
Ok. This is wild and well worth the watch. These two guys got the itch to do a bit of a tour, make a video and carry it on with an Instagram account. Follow along!
Komorebi is the Japanese word for sunlight filtering through the leaves of trees. That doppled light that kisses the forest floor. This was the inspiration for Breadwinner’s newest model, a rigid 29’r bikepacking rig. The Komorebi was built with expedition in mind. Self-supported, multi-day trips into the wilderness.
The Komorebi evolved from their classic 29r but is built with a rigid segmented fork made by Chris Igleheart with braze ons for anything you can imagine. The frame can easily handle frame bags, 3 water bottles and has eyelets for fenders and rear racks. Fitting tires up to 2.5” wide and optimized for comfortable swept bar bars but able to fit wider drop bars if you choose, the Komorebi is ready for anything.
I can’t help but think it’s coincidence that Mitch from Map Bicycles posted this bike and called it a “Rambonneur” after my Rambo Rando reference last week. My mind is blown here. That bike looks like so much fun! See more at the Map Bicycles Flickr.
Eric from Winter Bicycles describes his latest build, the Peregrinator as a “full rando with Di2/ Hydro robot build.” Yes, rando, not Rambo. Although the latter seems fitting with this build kit. Talk about going full-on commando assault steeze… The Peregrinator comes locked and loaded with Nitto components, A23 rims, Compass Tires, White Industries, Schmidt generator hub, internal wiring with Ultegra Di2, Winter racks, a Winter stem and a Ruthworks SF Luggage bag.
Shine, please, shine, Peregrinator. You’re ready for anything. Check out more detail photos below…
There’s something elegant about a beautifully raked steel fork on a titanium frameset and that’s only the beginning to the over-the-top detailing on this new Firefly tourer. E3 lights, SON hub, fenders, killer seatpost, custom ano, Pasela tires, Campy and yeah, bar end shifters.
Head over to the Firefly Tumblr for more spy shots.
The Samuel Hillborne is Rivendell’s self-proclaimed “Country Bike”, meaning while it’ll do just fine around town it’s best at home touring the countryside. Actually, that’s not true at all. Not that bikes need rules, or stigmas for that matter, but the Hillborne is one of the most beautiful bicycles to be included in the Rivendell lineup. A veritable “do it all” bike. Road rides? Sure. MTB singletrack? Yep. Touring? You bet. It’ll do all the above with an uncanny elegance.
So elegant that you really can’t photograph this bike in a cityscape. It needs the sunbleached, parched rolling landscape as a backdrop. Whether its Walnut Creek’s rolling hills, or in this case the terrain of Los Angeles where it currently resides.
As far as the build is concerned it’s very Riv-esque with shellac’d Nitto Albastache bars, Schwalbe Little Big Ben tires, Nitto M1 rack, the IRD quill stem shifter mount and a brand new Brooks saddle.
Built originally for a rider who later determined it was a bit too long for him (hence the short stem), this bike is now at Golden Saddle Cyclery in Silverlake, Los Angeles with a price tag of $2,200 as shown. If you ride a 58cm and want a killer deal on a like-new complete, holler at the shop. Otherwise, just ogle this Beautiful Bicycle in the Gallery.